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Nicoalbum
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A former General Motors engineer with access to the automaker's hybrid technology was convicted along with her husband of stealing trade secrets for possible use in China.

Shanshan Du won a transfer within GM in 2003 to be closer to the technology and then copied documents until she accepted a severance offer and left the company in 2005, prosecutors said.

Du, 54, and Yu Qin, 51, were found guilty Friday by a federal jury in Detroit after a trial that lasted weeks. Qin also was convicted of wire fraud and attempting to obstruct justice by shredding documents. They shook each other's hand after the verdict but declined to comment, as did their lawyers.

Du faces up to 10 years in prison, while her husband faces up to 30. No sentencing date has been set.

Prosecutors told jurors that GM
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 6:59:26 AM

Espionage is everywhere.
remay
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 6:53:20 AM

Happens every day!
DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 2:12:09 AM

life
bston
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 1:14:43 AM

Learn the hard way & perhaps it will deter others from possibly doing the same thing!
listerone
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:05:33 PM

But,but,but...the Chinese are our friends.I know because Osama Obama told us so.
Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 7:25:08 PM

Hybrid technologies have direct impact on gas prices
jeffbone
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:50:41 AM

"Not Newsworthy"
matman01
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 6:59:57 AM

Hang them! People like this couple need to be faced with harsh penalties.
Tacodan
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 6:59:31 AM

Not news worthy ..................
BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 6:53:20 AM

Not Good!!!
SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 6:44:04 AM

Sent by China's government??
Radar1992
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 6:38:45 AM

Industrial Espionage...and the administration loves China....sigh....But GM is a US Government/UAW owned company...
GasPriceHelp4u
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 6:05:57 AM

This is always a possibility in the research world...The companies should do more to protect their edge!!!
dandvicb
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 6:00:24 AM

Say hi to Bubba and Bubette!!!
danny999
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 4:35:43 AM

Should freeze their bank accounts.
quasar502
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 4:34:34 AM

Gotcha.
pricewar
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 4:08:57 AM

Funny very funny. It's too bad, they should know by now, china always steels our stuff.
Even if it's not worth anything, just like amplion said
granitestater
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 2:06:35 AM

Spys should be hung. Stealing business secrets is more costly than military secrets...
alterman156
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:52:15 AM

Don't try to steal information from GM.
unipanini
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:37:04 AM

Uh oh.
Amplion
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:24:58 AM

Since when does GM ever have ANYTHING worth stealing ?????
RonElp
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:23:14 AM

All the money they made stealing the technology will go to wast. In 10 or 30 years, they will be lucky to be around to spend it. i hope they think it as worth the jail time.
iFueler
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:18:48 AM

caught them, how many more are out there
el_fr
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 12:57:43 AM

Jail time!
NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 12:30:47 AM


How about it is a news article from Canada Alanj.., but some Alabamans apparently can't tolerate that.

more from -
"Corken said the technology was worth at least $40 million, the price that other automakers paid GM to get it.

Du and Qin, both U.S. citizens, had been under scrutiny for years after GM accused them of theft. They were charged in 2006 with destroying documents sought by investigators, but that case was dropped while investigators pursued a broader probe that led to an indictment in 2010.

It's not the first trade secrets prosecution in the Detroit auto industry.

In 2011, an engineer who stole information from Ford Motor Co. was sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

Xiang Dong Yu, also known as Mike Yu, admitted copying thousands of documents with details on engine transmission systems and electrical power supply before leaving Ford to work for a Chinese competitor in 2008."
JohnofGB
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 12:20:58 AM

More Chinese industrial espionage.
NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 12:19:58 AM


The Chinese govt. only pays for our technology when it can't steal it and that does not happen very often. I wonder if our Dept. of Defense has any clue as to how expansive Chinese theft actually is.
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:35:53 PM

Good some got found still not going to stpo it.
roadrunnin
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:18:54 PM

sad but foreseeable.
davenles
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:18:05 PM

Sad. Anything for a buck.
Alanj44
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:50:03 PM

"Defence lawyers acknowledged that GM information was in the couple's possession, but they downplayed the commercial significance."

How about "defense"?

carranco
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:22:52 PM

What about Obama and Government motors stealing from the taxpayers.
Cothrom
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:19:06 PM

I remember a couple who sold secrets to the Soviets back in the late 50's, they got spanked harder
BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:05:38 PM


I hope they get hard labor along with their 10 to 30 year visit.
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:03:00 PM

creeps. no mercy.
esq262
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 9:59:07 PM

Throw the book at them.
Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 9:50:29 PM

Secret military hybrid engine technology leaked to China?
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